Constantine V
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Byzantine Empire
Date of Birth: 718
Date of Death: 775
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Occupation: Monarch
Parents: Leo III the Isaurian (father)
Spouse: Tzitzak ("Irene of Khazaria")

Maria Eudokia

Children: Seven
House: Isaurian Dynasty
Political Office(s): Byzantine Emperor
Turtledove Appearances:
"Farmers' Law"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Constantine V Kopronymos or Copronymus (718 – 14 September 775) was Eastern Roman emperor from 741 to 775. Throughout his reign, he was a fervent iconoclast, more so than his father, Leo III the Isaurian.

Constantine V in "Farmers' Law"Edit

Constantine V's iconoclasm was particularly unnerving to the people of Abrostola, who were quite fond of iconography.[1] Thus, when a farmer named Theodore was murdered, the village decided to handle it themselves rather than report it to the governor of Anatolic theme.[2]

Constantine V in JustinianEdit

During the reign of Constantine V's father, Myakes, the former servant of the late emperor Justinian II, wondered aloud about an anecdote that the infant Constantine defecated into the baptismal fountain during his baptism. In Myakes' opinion, this hinted that Constantine would not prove equal to the task of ruling the Byzantine Empire.[3]


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 217-18, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg. 220.
  3. Justinian, pg. 83.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Leo III the Isaurian
Byzantine Emperor
Succeeded by
Leo IV the Khazar